The Cheese & Burger Society is counting down the days to kickoff for the 2015 football season with the Green Bay Packers Football Sweepstakes! Fans can enter to win a VIP trip to a regular season game of your choice at Lambeau Field at www.CheeseAndBurger.com/sweepstakes. You can also follow the Cheese & Burger Society on Facebook to stay updated on weekly giveaways and updates. This week, we’re asking cheeseburger and football fans everywhere to help us come up with a creative name for our new cheeseburger. The fan with the winning name will win a tailgating grill just in time for football season. Read on for details. [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]
The Spud Muffin
by Kita of Girl Carnivore
What inspires your burger building? A perfect patty is like a blank canvas calling our inner Picasso to create an adventure for our taste buds. Start with the basics, let the possibilities of taste and texture run wild in your imagination, and see what you can come up with! In this case, I used some delicious Wisconsin baby Swiss and colby to experiment, and I was toying with the cheese combo – the nutty flavor of Swiss mingling with the smooth creaminess of colby. How could I make both shine?
I went with a traditional pan sauté for the baby portobello mushrooms, a perfect pairing with the Swiss. Then I roasted some tater tots to a crisp with diced onion and tossed them with shredded colby to create a savory melted cheese coating. I piled it all on top of a simple wheat bun with a dab of mayo and lettuce. When you bite into this burger, you’ll find both cheeses are highlighted and the flavors mingle effortlessly. Recipe below!
What would you call this cheesy creation? Let us know on the Cheese & Burger Society Facebook page for a chance to win a tailgating grill.
How to Enter: [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]
Visit the Cheese & Burger Facebook page and leave a comment on the “Hello my name is _____” post with your cheeseburger name suggestion.
- Entrants must be U.S. residents.
- Entries are limited to one per household.
- One entry will be chosen.
- Entry period ends Sunday, July 19, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
- The winner will be chosen and announced in the same Facebook post Monday, July 20, 2015.
By Kita of Girl Carnivore
For Tater Tots:
1 bag frozen tater tots
1/2 large onion, diced
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Wisconsin colby
For Burger Patties:
1 1/4 pound lean ground beef
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon burger seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 slices Wisconsin baby Swiss cheese
1 tablespoon butter
8 ounces baby portobello mushroom caps, wiped clean
4 wheat buns, split
Mayonnaise, to taste
4 large green lettuce leaves
For tater tots: Preheat oven according to package directions and arrange tater tots on baking sheet. Bake according to directions for crispy tots. In last 5 minutes, add diced onions. After 5 minutes, sprinkle shredded colby over tots and return to oven for 30-60 seconds until cheese is melted. Toss to combine, covering tots with cheese. Keep warm.
For burger patties: Preheat grill over medium heat. Mix beef with Worcestershire sauce, burger seasoning, salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties. Using your thumb, make an indent in center of each patty. Grill burgers until desired doneness. Place slice of Swiss over patties; when cheese begins to melt, remove patties from grill.
For mushrooms: Place small skillet on side grill burner or grill top. Melt butter in skillet; add mushroom caps and sauté until liquid has evaporated and they have browned all over.
To assemble: Toast inside of buns on grill. Smear bun bottoms with mayonnaise, if desired. Arrange lettuce leaves over. Top with burger patties, mushrooms and cheesy tater tots. Finish with top bun. Stick toothpick through tops to secure, if desired. Serve immediately.